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DWTS All-stars Step Out of Their Comfort Zones in Week 4

The stars and pros stepped out of their comfort zones this week, tackling unfamiliar dance styles with varying results…

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The stars and pros stepped out of their comfort zones this week, tackling unfamiliar dance styles with varying results. Last week’s twist was that the couples got to assign seldom-seen or new-to-the-show dance styles to their competitors. Watching the rehearsal footage, it was clear that some of the pros were more stressed than others when it came to choreography.

Louis and Sabrina had no trouble embracing their disco theme, and lit up the floor with a dance that was vibrant, fun, and full of flashy lifts. Ditto for Derek and Shawn, who scored three 10s for their perfect mambo.  I mean,  those two are scary good.

The biggest surprise of the night came from Peta and Gilles, who scored the first 10s of the season with their Bollywood style routine to “Jai Ho” from the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack. Later, a slip and a fall threw Karina for a loop during her hip-hop number with Apolo. They quickly got back on track, but Karina burst into tears at the end of the dance, thinking she’d let her partner down.

Guest judge Paula Abdul brought her own special brand of unpredictability to the night’s proceedings, including a pretty good impression of Bruno Tonioli.

Dance of the Night: Kelly and Val’s contemporary dance to Coldplay’s “Fix You.” First of all, try dancing barefoot with a broken toe. Next, try to execute a challenging routine in a style you’ve never done before. The dance was not perfect, but the couple delivered a moving, powerful, and beautiful performance that spoke volumes about being vulnerable, and also supporting each other. Len said Kelly was “the biggest revelation” for him this season, and Carrie Ann praised her for being truly in touch with her raw emotion, adding, “it was stunning.”  After last night,  I really want Val to give Kelly the final rose.

One to watch: Melissa Rycroft. She makes every dance look elegant and effortless, and she reminds me of a young Mary Tyler Moore. Teamed up with her former partner Tony Dovolani, she’s been a strong contender out of the gate this season, consistently landing near the top of the leader board. I expect to see a “breakout” performance from her very soon.

Who’s in trouble: The sad reality is, no one is safe. Viewers vote to keep their favorites, regardless of how well they dance. However, since some couples made mistakes last night, their fans may have been more motivated to “save” them by picking up the phone. We’ll find out soon enough.

Best moment: Before receiving her scores, Kelly Monaco made a lovely statement about her experiences on DWTS: “This show has absolutely nothing to do with dancing. It’s about the journey, the friendships, the relationships that you make, finding self- confidence and inner worth, and trusting the people that you’re with.”

Quotable quote: “She started off like Debbie Reynolds in Singing in the Rain, and ended up like Shelley Winters in the Poseidon Adventure.” -Bruno, on Kirstie’s Charleston.

Scores:
Gilles & Peta 39.5 (tie)
Shawn & Derek 39.5 (tie)
Kelly & Val 37.5
Melissa & Tony 37
Emmitt & Cheryl 36
Sabrina & Louis 35.5
Apolo & Karina 34.5
Bristol & Mark 32
Kirstie & Maks 30

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Disney+ Series ‘Muppets Now’ Reveals Shocking Detail About The Swedish Chef

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Bork, Bork, Bork?!

If you haven’t taken the time to check out the new Disney+ series Muppets Now, stop reading and start streaming! The improv sitcom is an unscripted, segmented series in which our favorite fur-covered friends put together a digital show. Think The Muppet Show meets millennials. I watched the first episode, which became available for streaming as of July 31st, and I smiled through the entire thirty minutes. It’s cute and campy and reminds us all why we love The Muppets so much. I was enjoying the childhood nostalgia of seeing Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy and the rest of the gang when suddenly our favorite gibberish-spewing chef came on the screen to partake in a cooking challenge. Of course I was prepared to giggle at the Swedish Chef’s horrendous attempt at cooking but I was immediately distracted and could only focus on one shocking detail!

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Did you see it? Can you see what I was distracted by?! The stached Swede is wearing a wedding ring on his left hand! The Swedish Chef is married?!?!

Credit: Muppets Now

I mean, sure, it’s not surprising with the sexy foreign accent and killer eyebrows but still, I would have never guessed the chef had someone waiting at home for him! Since the chef is one of the few Muppets to actually feature human hands, I first thought the ring might have belonged to a neglectful puppeteer who forgot to take off their ring. But I did a quick Wikipedia search and apparently the Swedish Chef has been donning the gold ring since 2010 and is known to be married!

I guess there truly is a lid for every pot.

Muppets Now is now available for streaming on Disney+.

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Giant Asparagus Stalk Causes Quite The Stir On Social Media

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Who would have asparaguessed?

Over the weekend, photos of a giant asparagus plant began circulating Twitter with many users stunned to learn that the plant can grow to be the size of a small tree. I was one of those users because I’ve never seen an asparagus stem longer than a fork…I’ve never seen a bunch that wasn’t ridiculously overpriced either, might I add. The sad reality is that most of us eat things everyday with absolutely no idea as to how they are  grown and farmed. I can honestly say I was always more preoccupied by the thought of the funny smelling, post-asparagus-eating pee that it never occurred to me that these plants could become overgrown. And overgrown is a bit of an overstatement.

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The stem in the picture looks to be over 8 feet tall. My pee would smell funny for a whole year after eating that. The photos have sparked a debate on Twitter with some saying the plants showcased are not asparagus but agave plants instead. While asparagus stems can grow to be about 5 feet tall, agave plants can grow much taller and even bloom flowers. I have zero interest in horticulture but plenty of interest in what’s funny so I just collected a few of the funniest reactions to the asparagus/agave photo here:

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‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ Parodied Dolly Parton To Create A Theme Song For All The ‘Karen’s’ Out There

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These “Karens” are workin’ 9 to 5 on our last nerve.

By now you probably know that the term “Karen” is typically reserved for white women who throw tantrums over things that don’t really require tantrum throwing. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the “Karens” have been especially vocal about not wanting to wear a mask usually citing constitutional freedom as the reason. Over the passed few weeks we have seen headlines about these women coughing on pro-maskers, verbally assaulting eye witnesses and even destroying property all to prove the point that they can and will do whatever they want. It’s annoying. Well, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert took the these suburban lemons and turned them into a hilarious pitcher of lemonade with a parody of the Dolly Parton classic “Jolene,” appropriately renamed “Karen.”

The PSA begins with actual news footage covering the stories of anti-maskers before cutting to a vintage clip of Parton in a pink jumpsuit with an anonymous singer belting out the altered lyrics which poke fun at all the angry scene makers. “You go on rants at Trader Joe’s, sit on the ground at the Costco, say wearing masks is the devil’s law,” the unseen singer croons. “Karen, Karen, Karen, Karen, please just wear a mask you big dumbass” she continues to implore.

Like all good satire, the video is hilarious but also contains an important message. The CDC as well as countless medical professionals have all agreed that wearing a mask is the best way to prevent the spread of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Wear a mask! And check out the funny video below!

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